Boston Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz has been diagnosed with a left forearm flexor tendon strain and, according to our very own Dr. Jesse Morse, is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. MRI showed no structural damage.
During that time, it is expected that he will rest and receive treatment with a gradual ramping up of his throwing program as his symptoms allow.
Pomeranz initially felt soreness in the forearm during the second inning of his first spring start, resulting in him leaving the game. Last season, he also dealt with this same injury, spending time on the 10-day DL before returning without issue. He made a career high 32 starts last season, finishing with a 17-6 record and a 3.32 ERA.
Tendon strains tend to respond well to rest and a gradual progressive loading once the individual can tolerate it. In addition to progressing the tendon’s load tolerance, he will gradually ramp up his throwing in order to restore normal mechanics and get him back to pitching on a high level again.
Flexor tendon/muscle injuries can, at times, be pre-cursors to elbow injuries, specifically to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). While there are no signs of this in the case of Pomeranz, it’s something to keep in mind considering his history of flexor strain injuries the last few years.
At this time, all signs point to Pomeranz being ready for the start of the season and he will be re-evaluated this Tuesday, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.